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Power Windows [Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered]

RushAudio CD
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)

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  • Audio CD (June 3, 1997)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: Original recording reissued, Original recording remastered
  • Label: Mercury
  • ASIN: B000001ESX
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (205 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,759 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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44 of 46 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Powerful and Flawless July 30, 1999
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Format:Audio CD
This is Rush at perhaps their most powerful, both musically and lyrically. This is a trend that would continue into Hold Your Fire. However, unlike that album, this one rocks much more.
Power Windows is an even more radical departure from Grace Under Pressure as Signals was from Moving Pictures.
The keyboards on this album sound beautiful and add so much texture. From the sweeping symphonies of Manhattan Project to the majestic chorus' of Marathon this album packs a powerful punch.
The rhythm section here is at it's tightest ever. Neil turns in some of the most complex and powerful drumming of all time and Alex's guitars are at their emotional peak...just listen to the heartfelt solo in Marathon. This album also marks the first use of overdubbed chorus' by Lee...something that will dramatically increase over the next few releases.
Again, there is a theme to this album...this time it's power. Power in money (Big Money), talk (Grand Designs), weapons (Manhattan Project), persistance (Marathon), world domination (Territories), dreams (Middletown Dreams), emotions (Emotion Detector) and the unknown (Mystic Rhythms).
This album ranks among the best Rush albums ever. The music ties in with the lyrics and the lyrics tie in with an overall theme...a masterful work that should not be overlooked.
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28 of 30 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Girl Shares Her Opinion August 9, 2005
By Weezee
Format:Audio CD
I had never heard of RUSH until the "The Big Money" came on the radio one night in the fall of 1985. It immediately caught my attention. I remember thinking that the song sounded so... "BIG"! Sorry, no pun intended. The sound was aggressive yet melodic and (it seemed to me) a little over the top. But I immediately decided that I liked it. It was like nothing I had ever heard before. Soon afterwards I learned that it was just three guys making all of that music! I was impressed. I purchased the album and loved it. I have since looked forward to all RUSH album releases. They are outstanding musicians.
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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
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Power Windows, the 11th studio album by Canadian rock trio Rush, was released in 1985. It surpassed the high standards set by 1984's excellent Grace Under Pressure, both in songcraft and production values. The phasing in of keyboards and synthesized drums and guitar reached a zenith on this album and it's follow-up, Hold Your Fire (1987). Far from sounding cheesy, this album has a majestic and sweeping sound that contrasts with the claustrophobic and moody atmosphere of its predecessor.

Geddy Lee proves himself to be an accomplished keyboardist-bassist-vocalist, Alex Lifeson's solos are better than ever before and Neil Peart, as ever, defies the norm with his thought-provoking lyrics, god-like drumming and short hair. Producer Peter Collins should not beoverlooked. His contribution was easily as significant as the band members' were. Here is my overview of the eight glorious soundscapes on offer:

1) The Big Money: (10/10) The perfect opening track. Soaring synth and rapid-fire drumming accompany this lyrical critique of money and its destructive powers (POWER is this album's recurring lyrical theme). The instrumental section starting off with Alex's atmospheric guitar sound and some impressive percussion really make this a Rush classic.

2) Grand Designs: (10/10) A brooding look at triviality and the lack of substance in style. Alex's guitar reminds of Chic's Nile Rodgers (of all things!). Some might say the heavily synthesized chorus was ill-advised. I wouldn't, though.

3) Manhattan Project (10/10): An ironically positive-sounding observation on the state of nuclear science. Turn it up loud to hear that driving bass chord at the beginning! A very melodic verse leads into a memorable chorus underpinned by a glorious guitar motif.
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38 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Against the Run of the Mill February 22, 2002
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Throughout the 1970's, bassist / vocalist Geddy Lee, guitarist Alex Lifeson and drummer Neil Peart built a reputation on their live performances and technical fluorishes. But things change, people grow and our love sometimes shifts focus, if not object. And as their careers progressed, their love for creating music began to focus on the writing rather than the performing. So by 1982, the 10-minute epics had given way to tighter, more focused, yet equally challenging pieces. That the songs had become more melodic was a useful byproduct of the shift in focus. However, this era in Rushtory, which began with 1980's "Permanent Waves," has endured countless criticism from snotty rock journalists, who would apparently seem content to listen to recorded verses of sublime literature recited over two dissonant chords played alternately over and over again. Much of the criticism has even come from Rush's own fans.
The pinnacle of Rush's output during this era was 1985's "Power Windows," which, not too surprisingly, has (unfairly) become the whipping boy for Rush's 1980's oeuvre. Always one to touch on powerful subjects, Peart (who is also the band's lyricist and one of rock's finest at that) devoted the entire album to dwelling on the subject of power and its many manifestations. Peart takes his lyric writing seriously, and with good reason. When the music is this good, you better have something meaningful to say to back it up.
The production duties were co-handled by the band and Peter Collins, beginning a fruitful relationship that (so far) has yielded 4 albums. The sound quality is superlative.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great Transaction. Item as described.
Published 1 day ago by James B. Vanek
5.0 out of 5 stars what an amazing album from rush not a bad song on it
what an amazing album from rush not a bad song on it, with as much as i love there 70's music i prefer there 80's music. here are some of my personal favorites.

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Published 20 days ago by scott c.
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Published 2 months ago by Greg
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Published 2 months ago by Charles Jensen
4.0 out of 5 stars four stars for the songs,. not the recording
Being a Canadian I've always had a soft spot for Rush. This release is no exception. Good songs, but the recording sound a bit too compressed to me. Read more
Published 3 months ago by john100
5.0 out of 5 stars Highly Underrated Album From Rush's "Synth Period"
I heard "Power Windows" probably in the early 90s. I will be the first to admit that "Power Windows" was one of my least favorites from this "synth period. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Transfigured Knight
5.0 out of 5 stars Criminally Underrated
I will not break every song down but this is maybe their most uncelebrated album. I can't get enough of it. In short, it is the symphonic feel to it. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Timothy R. Wilcox
5.0 out of 5 stars Really A Great 80's Album
Being a huge RUSH fan, obviously my review will be heavily biased. It is not my favorite RUSH album during the 80's. As many others have said... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Larry Johnson
5.0 out of 5 stars Power Windows
If you are a Rush fan, then this is an album to add to your collection. Rush has been referred to as the Canadian Led Zeppelin, but I tend to think of them more in line with Yes... Read more
Published 4 months ago by Sam-Wise
4.0 out of 5 stars excellent\
You can divide Rush's output into three periods: the epic prog-metal of the 1970's on albums such as 2112, the contemporary hard rock of the 1990's and 2000's, and the 1980's... Read more
Published 5 months ago by Bill Your 'Free Form FM Print DJ
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